June 11, 2010
I was really liking Furthur even though it was against my nature to like this core without the core of Billy and Mickey, but Jay really pulled it off.
Without Jay Lane this band is sadly lacking any punch. Very weak sound IMHO and I am not talking about the recording. Been on the bus 37 years and this is the first time I have ever been this critical of any evolution of this great band.
Think I will spend my time going to see Billy and 7 Walkers or The Rythym Devils this summer.
June 10, 2010
Did you notice?
Well, it took me a handful of times to read and listen to the set lists of these two nights's shows to figure out the rationale for the tunes' sequence (I'm probably just a bit thick).
For those of you that are also a bit slow, these nights encompass the performance of six Grateful Dead albums, soup to nuts, all from the 1960's & 1970s. On the 29th the band performs American Beauty, Workingman's Dead, and Anthem Of The Sun. On the 30th, We get to enjoy Blues For Allah, Aoxomoxoa, and Terrapin Station.
These performances are nearly flawless, leading one to conclude that during the "break" between March and now, the boys were busy not only expanding their repertoire but also accelerating the evolution of the magical synergy that became increasingly obvious during the spring tour.
As an editorial comment, it is my sincere hope that in addition to the full menu of traditional Dead fare, the Summer tour will be sprinkled with cover tunes from Dylan, JGB, as well some contemporary gems from the spring tour like Magnolia Mountain and Nobody Girl.
The existence of this iteration of the band is the most exciting development on the Dead scene in 15 years. Bring it on!